Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 9, A.D. 2002

Genesis 3:9-15,20
Ephesians 1:3-6,11-12
Psalm 98:1-4
Luke 1:26-38

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

On this day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, all the angels and saints rejoice. For it was on this occasion that Mary gave her "Yes" ["Fiat"] to God. A "Yes" that would bring the Savior into the world; a "Yes" that would make a heaven possible for all those whom the Lord's grace and each soul's own 'yes' makes worthy of entering.

The Advent Season is truly a time to give praise and thanks to God for all he has done for us. For it is in this season, that God in His infinite love sent us His only Son for the salvation of the world.

We are challenged during this season to renew our own "Yes" to God by sharing ourselves with others. By helping others who are in pain, hungry, or in need of love. And most of all to slow our lives down and take time to ponder and thank God for all that He has given to us.

During our day today, please take a few moments to thank our Blessed Mother for her example of humility, love, faith, and obedience which she gave through her "Fiat", her 'Let it be so', her own "Yes" to God. May we each work to emulate our Blessed Mother's example in our own lives.

- Steve Shawl


The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
[a Holyday of Obligation - check with your local parish]
The Second Week of Advent

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